Paraorchestra is launching a second callout for D/deaf and disabled professional-level musicians, composers, and music creators based in the UK.

We have many exciting projects in the pipeline for 2021 and beyond, and this is your chance to play a part in our truly unique orchestra.

We are looking for musicians, vocalists, music makers and composers from across the spectrum. Whether jazz is your thing or electronica; classical or drum & bass; folk or R&B – we want to hear from you. You do not need to have had professional or classical training but you must be able to play (sing, compose, or perform) to a professional level.

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Update 15th December:

We opened for applications on Monday 9th November 2020 and we have received some brilliant submissions so far and are incredibly excited by the talent and variety of music makers who have applied. However, we recognise that the tail end of what has already been an exceptionally difficult year is presenting challenges for some musicians to develop an application in time. Furthermore the recent national lockdown and the tier system is presenting logistical challenges for some in ensuring they can travel safely to a workshop or audition. Our model is to recognise and adapt to the challenges faced by musicians who identify as disabled and hence we have made the decision to extend the deadline for our Musician Callout to 8th February 2021.

We’ve made the process of applying as simple as possible: all applicants are asked to complete a short application either in written or video format, along with links and any other supporting evidence of their music-making.

After reviewing the applications we’ll invite those we’d like to hear more from to a day-long workshop in March 2021 led by Artistic Director, Charles Hazlewood, and Associate Music Director, Lloyd Coleman. The format of the workshop will be subject to government guidance on COVID-19 at the time and will either take place in our home city of Bristol or online. Shortlisted applicants will be paid for their time and we will reimburse any travel expenses incurred. If it takes place in Bristol we will also offer an online alternative for those who are unable to travel due to the pandemic.

Three men play a saxophone, a horn, and a trombone. A woman sings out of focus

If it feels like a good fit from both sides, you’ll be invited to join our fast-expanding talent roster. It’s from this pool of musicians we draw for almost all of our projects. That means that you too could be headlining main stages at major music festivals like Glastonbury and WOMAD, appearing on television and radio, and touring the globe; inspiring audiences with the power of music-making.

If you’d like more information on our projects take a look at this introduction to our Musician Callout from our Associate Music Director, Lloyd Coleman, or visit the Projects section on our website.

All the information you need to know about the application process, what we are looking for, and what we can offer you, can be found in our Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack. If you still have more questions, please visit the Musician Callout FAQs section on our website.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!


Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack:

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack V3 Word Doc

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack V3 PDF

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack Large Print V3 Word Doc

Paraorchestra Musician Callout Information Pack Large Print V3 PDF

Guidance for Applying Via Video:

Paraorchestra Musician Callout 2020 Guidance for Applying via Video Large Print v2

Diversity and Equality Monitoring form:

Paraorchestra Equality Monitoring Form Word Doc

If you require the information in any other format please contact us on and put the word ACCESS in the subject heading.

Key Dates

Applications opened on Monday 9th November at midday
Applications close on Monday 8th February 2021 at midnight
The workshop for shortlisted applicants will be held in March 2021 – date TBC

A note of thanks

Re-igniting our work this autumn and beyond has been made possible thanks to the support of DCMS and The Treasury’s Cultural Recovery Fund. We also give thanks for the continued support of our key funding partners, Arts Council England, The Mark Leonard Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and Bristol City Council.